Internationalization Initiatives: Design in Japan B/Understanding Japanese Design B 2022-23

Design in Japan B/Understanding Japanese Design B is a new elective open to students from all schools and graduate schools of Kyushu University, including international students and exchange students. It is conducted in English.

The purpose is to learn about and practically engage in Japanese Design from various subjects and perspectives and to nurture students who can communicate about Japanese Design with a deep insight into the future.

This subject offers lectures and workshops, including an excursion, pertaining to five aspects of art and design in Japan. The contents focus on the body and sensory perception and will examine both traditional and contemporary design and art practices, including scent, sound and music, dance and movement. Other than our own faculty members, we have also invited professionals in koto, butoh, and the phenomenology of scent to give lectures and hands-on sessions. Students also went on an excursion to Yame City to learn to make traditional incense from the experts. After learning the various knowledge and practice, students worked in groups to create their own design/art/music work and put together a final presentation event, “The Sense Festival,” which was opened to the public on January 22, 2023, at the Multi Purpose Hall. The event consisted of exhibits and performances for the audience to experience the mix or separation of senses focused on hearing, smelling, and feeling.

This subject received an overwhelming response from 38 interested applicants. As we have a class size limit, we selected 25 students and 4 auditors. The selected students came from 9 countries: Japan, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iran, and Myanmar. Of these, 90% of the students were international, and 10% were local. The uniqueness of this class which is made up of students from different countries, cultures, and design backgrounds, provided different perspectives as they interacted and worked towards a common goal. Thus, enriching their learning experiences.

The Faculty of Design will continue to promote internationalization, creating more opportunities for exchanges with international students and classes taught in English.

October 5, 2022, to January 22, 2023

#1 Introduction
Date: Wednesday, October 5, 4th period
Instructor: Daryl JAMIESON and Moe SHIMOMURA

#2 Art and the five senses
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 4th period
Instructor: Yutaka MAKINO

#3 Sound and its organization
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 4th period
Instructor: Daryl JAMIESON

#4 Koto
Date: Wednesday, October 26, 4th period
Instructor: Miyama McQUEEN-TOKITA

#5 Phenomenology of scent
Date: Wednesday, November 9, 4th period
Instructor: Lorenzo MARINUCCI

#6-8 Excursion; Traditional Incense Making
Date: Saturday, November 12, 9 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Daryl JAMIESON, Lorenzo MARINUCCI, Baba Suishaba Company

#9 Butoh and movement
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 4th period
Instructor: Nobuyoshi ASAI

#10 Group Creation 1
Date: Wednesday, November 30, 4th period
Instructor: Daryl JAMIESON and Madoka YUKI

#11 Group Creation 2
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 4th period
Instructor: Daryl JAMIESON and Madoka YUKI

#12 Group Creation 3
Date: Wednesday, January 11, 4th period
Instructor: Daryl JAMIESON and Madoka YUKI

#13 Group Creation 4
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 4th period
Instructor: Daryl JAMIESON and Madoka YUKI

#14-15 Public Presentation
Date: Sunday, January 22, 13:00 – 16:20
Instructor: Daryl JAMIESON, Madoka YUKI, Moe SHIMOMURA, others

Number of Credits
2 credits

International Office, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University